In My Room

         When I am in my room, I see trees from my window.  I see a bedspread with many shades of blue and purple.  Above my end table are tacked a Picasso poster showing two hands exchanging flowers, a T-shirt showing the Russian alphabet and several grade-school art pictures by my daughter.  My desk, the floor and the top of the file-cabinet are piled with books, papers, notebooks and letters.

         Rooms can speak.  What does your room say about you?  In your mind’s eye, look around your room (or rooms) and describe what you see.  Describe a room from your home in your native country and a room in your current home in the U.S.  Then tell what those things mean to you.  For example:

         What kind of furniture is there in your room?

         What do the walls, ceiling, floor look like?  What colors are in your room?

         Is there a window?  What can you see?  Do you open the curtains or leave them closed a lot?  Do you like the view from your window?  Why or why not?

         Is your room used for many kinds of things?  Is it for resting, for work, for hobbies, for thinking, for talking?  Is it decorated for beauty?  Or is it organized to be very useful and functional?  Explain.

         Is it a private place, just for you, or do many people visit?

         What do you like best about your room?

         What do you like least about your room?

         Do you like your room kept very clean, or is messy ok?  What kinds of “clean” do you care about - dust?  dirt?  clutter?  windows?  floors?  walls? spider-webs?  organization?  clothes on the floor?  Who cleans your room, if not you?

         Have you ever wanted your “own room”, perhaps as a child?  What did you want most in a room of your own?  Do you like to share with a roommate or sibling?

         Describe a favorite room from your childhood.

About rooms in the Bible:

“And Mary gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  Luke 2:7

**** When Jesus started life, he didn’t have a room at all!  If Jesus is an important person, why did he begin life so poor?  What is your guess?

“When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”  Matthew 6:6

**** Why is it valuable to pray in secret?  Are there risks to public prayer?